Friday, September 5, 2014

NETGEAR Launches Unlocked LTE Mobile Hotspot

NETGEAR introduced an unlocked 4G LTE mobile hotspot with simultaneous dual-band WiFi (2.4GHz and 5GHz) coverage.

The NETGEAR AirCard 785 supports up to 15 WiFi clients.  The LCD panel displays data consumed during the course of the month.

A cradle equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port enables it to act as standalone WiFi router and primary Internet connection for a home network.

http://www.netgear.com/AC785

Ciena Hits Q3 Revenue of $604 Million

Ciena reported revenue of $603.6 million as compared to $538.4 million for its fiscal third quarter 2013, ended July 31.

Net income (GAAP) was $16.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net loss of $(1.2) million, or $(0.01) per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2013. Ciena's adjusted (non-GAAP) net income for the fiscal third quarter 2014 was $40.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted common share, which compares to an adjusted (non-GAAP) net income of $26.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2013.

“Our outstanding third quarter performance demonstrates our ability to grow profitability and outperform the market,” said Gary B. Smith, president and CEO, Ciena. “As we expand our addressable market by targeting high-growth, high-value segments, we are confident in our opportunity to grow the business and drive additional operating leverage in 2015.”

http://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Ciena-Reports-Fiscal-Third-Quarter-2014-Financial-Results.html

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cisco Scales its UCS Strategy for the Cloud and IoT

Cisco announced a number of additions and enhancements to its Unified Computing System (UCS) portfolio including new modular solutions for the largest cloud-scale applications, as well as a mini server aimed branch offices.

Under the banner "Powering Applications at Every Scale", Cisco said the mission of its fourth generation Unified Computing System is to deliver Fast IT that helps customers power applications of all sizes and add intelligence at the edge, at the core, and at the scale of cloud.

New Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers leverage Cisco System Link Technology for a disaggregated server architecture suited for cloud-scale deployments, where one application runs across multiple servers. Cisco said its optimized approach can eliminate up to 95% of the system components duplicated in a traditional server design, which combined with the simplicity of UCS Management, can deliver up to 36% combined TCO savings. The design features shared power and cooling at the chassis level, shared network I/O, shared storage, stateless management, and no duplication of subsystems at server level.

In addition, the new Cisco UCS C3160 Rack Server, featuring high-capacity local disk storage, is designed for distributed data analytics and object stores, unstructured data repositories, and media streaming and transcoding.

The new Cisco UCS Mini is an all-in-one solution that delivers servers, storage and networking in a compact form factor.  Cisco is aiming for a new segment of customers operating large numbers of remote sites or branch offices.

In a launch event in New York City, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior described the new UCS platform as the industry's most efficient design for integrated compute/storage/networking at cloud scale.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1484318



  • Cisco first introduced its UCS line in 2009.
  • As of the end of FY14, Cisco UCS hadover 36,500 customers, and was on a 30% year-over-year growth path.

Nokia Ships Commercial NFV, Debuts Cloud Network Director

Nokia Networks announced commercial shipment of its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for a telco cloud based on the ETSI NFV architecture. The first network implementation is scheduled to go live with a major operator by the end of 2014.

Nokia said the solution will be used for end-to-end VoLTE services.

The company is also debuting Cloud Network Director, an orchestration tool that will automatically deploy, configure, optimize and repair a set of virtualized network functions to simplify the deployment of services like VoLTE.

Nokia said its Cloud Network Director will meet the needs of the recently published ETSI NFV Management and Orchestration specification and is the key component of fully automated network lifecycle management.  It will comply with the ETSI NFV Orchestrator and have open interfaces for integration with Virtualized Network Function (VNF) managers from Nokia (called Cloud Application Manager) and other vendors. It will also be integrated with existing operations and business support systems. This multi-vendor capability ensures telco clouds can be implemented flexibly to match mobile broadband operators’ needs and integrate with existing systems.

“The prime motivations for operators to move to the telco cloud are business agility and network flexibility. We are making 2014 the year in which these benefits become reality for operators,” said Michael Clever, senior vice president of Core at Nokia Networks.

Nokia Networks is also announcing a telco cloud partner certification program to strengthen its wide-ranging telco cloud partner ecosystem. The program enables third-party software to be certified with Nokia Networks’ telco cloud solutions to deliver extra value by working with the company’s virtual network functions. This approach ensures operators get comprehensive solutions, in line with ETSI NFV, to meet the highest quality and security standards.

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-shipping-industry-s-first-commercial-nfv-solution-networksperform

XO Communications Ties Into the Equinix Cloud Exchange

XO Communications will begin providing enterprises with high-speed, dedicated connectivity to multiple cloud service providers through the Equinix Cloud Exchange. The XO connectivity will extend to five Equinix IBX data centers across the United States including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.

“As businesses of all sizes migrate more services and applications to the cloud, XO is taking a leadership role in enabling dedicated network access to a wide range of public cloud resources through both direct connections and cloud exchanges. As such, XO is very pleased to be one of the first network service providers to access the new Equinix Cloud Exchange. For enterprises, the evolving hybrid cloud architecture demands the security, visibility, high speed and flexible connectivity that XO will deliver via the Equinix Cloud Exchange,” stated Nicola Jackson, vice president, product and marketing, XO Communications.

http://www.equinix.com/
http://www.xo.com

Cisco and Red Hat Collaborate on Openstack Cloud

Cisco and Red Hat expanding their collaboration to target three new areas: OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud. The goal is to deliver a set of Intercloud-ready solutions designed to bring OpenStack to enterprise and service provider customers. Some highlights:

  • OpenStack: Cisco and Red Hat are working together to provide fully supported, certified platforms that deliver open source innovation and optimized functionality. The companies intend to collaborate to deliver validated architectures, a growing third-party ISV and IHV ecosystem, governance across clouds, and advanced services for lifecycle management of cloud solutions.
  • Application Centric Infrastructure: Cisco and Red Hat are extending the Cisco ACI policy framework to OpenStack environments, enabling customers to leverage greater policy-based automation in their cloud environments.
  • Intercloud: Red Hat is an integral component of Cisco's Intercloud ecosystem. In addition to developing an integrated infrastructure solution for enterprise and mid-market customers, Cisco and Red Hat intend to develop carrier-grade, service provider solutions for the Cisco Evolved Services Platform—Cisco’s software and virtualization platform for hybrid cloud deployments. Red Hat and Cisco also collaborate around OpenShift, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, and storage technologies, including Ceph.

“Cisco is working with its partners to build the Intercloud—an interconnected, global, ‘cloud of clouds’ connecting private, public, and hybrid clouds,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology & strategy officer at Cisco. “As the cloud industry pivots towards open source technology, Cisco and Red Hat are expanding our relationship and accelerating collaboration around OpenStack, Application Centric Infrastructure and Intercloud.”

“Open source technology has emerged as the catalyst for cloud innovation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. “Cisco is a market leader in cloud infrastructure and integrated infrastructure, while Red Hat brings market leadership and deep domain expertise of open source and OpenStack. By combining our complementary strengths, Cisco and Red Hat have a unique opportunity to capitalize on this market disruption.”

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.redhat.com

AT&T NetBond to MPLS VPNs to Box Cloud

Box announced an alliance with AT&T under which AT&T business customers will be able to use the AT&T NetBond service as a highly secure on ramp to the Box cloud.

AT&T NetBond uses the carrier's MPLS-based VPN service instead of the public Internet. AT&T NetBond uses patented technology and dynamically scales networking resources as a company’s cloud needs change.  The new Box – AT&T NetBond solution is expected to be available in the first half of 2015.

“Box and AT&T are a powerful combination that provides companies with transformative solutions to mobilize their business while giving them streamlined access to the content they need for greater and enriched collaboration,” said Abhi Ingle, SVP Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.

The companies are also working to integrate Box into AT&T Toggle, AT&T’s bring-your-own-device solution.

http://www.box.net
http://www.att.com


  • Earlier this week, Box unveiled several important enhancements to its cloud service, including Box Notes; introduced Box Workflow, a new product that reimagines business processes in the cloud; and Box for Industries, a new initiative to deliver end to end solutions tailored to specific industries, such as Retail, Healthcare and Media & Entertainment. In addition, the company also announced the availability of Box Retention Management and new metadata capabilities.


New Redfish Spec Targets Data Center and Systems Mgt

Dell, Emerson Network Power, HP and Intel are joining forces to write a new specification for data center and systems management that delivers comprehensive functionality, scalability and security.

The forthcoming Redfish spec uses a modern network interface style, allowing access to data using even simple, script-based programming methods. This solution will be designed to improve scalability and expand data access and analysis, help lower costs, and further enable feature-rich remote management while ensuring a secure solution that protects investment.

More information about Redfish will be available at next week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

http://www.redfishspecification.org

NVIDIA Sues Samsung and Qualcomm over GPUs

NVIDIA filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm at the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies are both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing.

NVIDIA claims several Samsung products are in violation, including the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 mobile phones; and the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab 2 computer tablets. Most of these devices incorporate Qualcomm mobile processors -- including the Snapdragon S4, 400, 600, 800, 801 and 805. Others are powered by Samsung Exynos mobile chips, which incorporate ARM's Mali and Imagination Technologies' PowerVR GPU cores.

http://www.nvidia.com

PMC Licenses HP Smart Array Intellectual Property

PMC-Sierra agreed to license HP's Smart Array software, firmware and management technology in order to provide more system value to new and existing server storage and data center customers. The license covers Smart Array technology and associated patents, including software and firmware IP related to RAID, HBA, switch, drivers and management tools. The deal also positions PMC as the supplier of key storage solution components across HP ProLiant Gen9 and beyond.

“I am pleased that HP and PMC will continue to partner to deliver industry-leading storage solutions and that PMC will be the supplier for this technology in HP ProLiant products,” said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “This collaboration reflects the strong relationship we have enjoyed over several generations of products and paves the way for future generations of Smart Array solutions.”

http://pmcs.com/

Interxion Plans 4th Data Center in Stockholm

Interxion announced plans for its fourth data center in Stockholm, Sweden.

The new STO4 facility is expected to provide approximately 1,100 square meters of equipped space with approximately 1.5MW of customer power. The data center is being constructed on Interxion’s Stockholm campus at Kista, where nearly 50 carriers and ISPs are currently co-located.  The campus also has direct access to the Netnod Internet Exchange. It is scheduled to be operational in the second quarter of 2015.

Interxion also announced plans to expand its VIE2 data center in Vienna, Austria by an additional two phases, adding 1,600 square meters of equipped space and more than 3MW of customer power.

http://www.interxion.com

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

China Telecom Tests 260 Mbps FDD- TDD Carrier Aggregation with Nokia

China Telecom, in partnership with Nokia Networks, has demonstrated the world-first FDD-TDD carrier aggregation including a user device chipset.

In the demo, Nokia’s LTE base station achieved interoperability with a commercial user chipset developed by Marvell. A stable peak download speed of 260 Mbps was achieved in the carrier aggregation demonstration with FDD 20 MHz in 1.8 GHz and TDD 20 MHz in 2.6 GHz spectrum. For the total speed, FDD spectrum contributed to 150 Mbps while TDD spectrum contributed to 110 Mbps.

“It’s highly satisfying to achieve yet another world-first* toward commercialization and globalization of FDD-TDD carrier aggregation,” said Zhang Qi, Vice President of TD-LTE, Nokia Networks. “This achievement with our partner China Telecom will also encourage other operators globally to look at further spectrum combination for FDD-TDD carrier aggregation into advanced 3GPP Rel-12. We are already working with many major operators globally to deliver FDD-TDD convergence for commercial use.”

http://www.nsn.com

Broadcom's 2X2 MIMO 802.11ac Mobile Chip Delivers 650 Mbps

Broadcom announced a 5G WiFi (802.11ac) 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) combo chip for mobile devices that delivers 650 Mbps Wi-Fi data throughput and 50 percent better coexistence performance with Bluetooth. The device also offers improved location accuracy down to one meter.

Key Features

  • 867 Mbps PHY rate/80MHz channel bandwidth
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence performance
  • Low power PCIe host interface for WLAN; UART for Bluetooth
  • Combines two 802.11ac streams at 80MHz channel bandwidth via PCIe interface
  • Support for Android, Windows and Chrome operating systems
  • Integrated Power Amplifier (PA), Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) and internal TR switch
  • Transmit beamforming and Low Density Parity Check Codes (LDPC)
  • High accuracy Round Trip Time (RTT) based indoor location technology
  • Broadcom TurboQAM implements the highest data rate in 2.4 GHz
  • First to enable Angle-of-Arrival direction finding technology on smartphone

"The combination of 5G WiFi and 2x2 MIMO unlocks the full potential of today's smartphones and tablets. These technologies are becoming de facto requirements for connectivity in high-end mobile devices," said David Recker, Broadcom Senior Director, Wireless Connectivity. "With the BCM4358 we are addressing critical multi-radio interference challenges while setting a new bar for performance that reflects Broadcom's continued commitment to be first to deliver the most powerful solutions in the market."

http://www.broadcom.com

AVG Technologies to Acquire Location Labs for $140 Million

Amsterdam-based AVG Technologies N.V. agreed to acquire privately-held Location Labs, a start-up based that that uses location awareness to provide mobile device management and protection, for approximately $140 million initially, plus up to an additional approximately $80 million in cash consideration over the next two years based on the achievement of certain performance metrics and milestones.

Location Labs’ integrated platform for mobile operators, pre-installed service on Android smartphones, and mobile subscription services including family, safety and personal device management, are all expected to complement and expand AVG’s existing mobile offerings. The company is based in Emeryville, California.

AVG said the acquisition significantly broadens its position as the online security company by accelerating its mobile security business. With the acquisition and organic growth, AVG is creating a global business that should generate $60-70 million in mobile bookings in 2015, and anticipates this scaling to around $100 million in mobile bookings in 2016.

“Location Labs has effectively cracked the code for mobile monetization through its highly successful business model with industry partners. This acquisition significantly accelerates AVG’s mobile strategy in this area,” said Gary Kovacs, Chief Executive Officer, AVG Technologies. “According to industry estimates, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population by the end of this year alone. The combined existing mobile user base of both companies gives us the unprecedented opportunity to deliver online security to approximately a quarter of a billion devices as we see more people go mobile to get online.”

http://investors.avg.com
http://www.locationlabs.com

Nokia Announces Metro Remote Radio Head, Software Enhancements

Nokia Networks announced its the Flexi Metro Remote Radio Head (RRH), 60MHz carrier aggregation for LTE and new software features for its Liquid Radio platform.

The new Nokia Flexi Metro RRH for LTE is designed for extremely dense networks in the busiest metropolitan areas using existing macro network sites. Nokia said the RRH’s sensitivity can be tuned and output varied from 2 x 5W down to 2 x 50mW to match any deployment’s need for high capacity mobile broadband. Combined with Nokia’s Centralized RAN, the Nokia Flexi Metro RRH allows more cells to be concentrated in a given area.

The software enhancements to Nokia Networks LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation enable evolution to 60MHz aggregation bandwidth in LTE and TD-LTE, delivering up to 450 Mbps peak downlink rates, as supported by upcoming Category 9 devices.

The company is also launching Enhanced HSUPA Interference Cancellation, a new Liquid Radio WCDMA Software Suite feature that reduces interference for up to 60% gain in uplink throughput to fit up to 30% more users per cell.

Some other new capabilities:

  • HSPA Carrier Aggregation with Dual-Band HSDPA: uses two 5MHz WCDMA carriers on different bands to double downlink peak rates to up to 42Mbps and Dual-Cell HSUPA enables devices to upload data simultaneously over two adjacent carriers to raise peak transfer rates to 11.5Mbps - both supported by upcoming terminals.
  • LTE-WCDMA and LTE Intrafrequency Load Balancing for effective load balancing: helps operators eliminate congestion in highly loaded networks and better optimize resources between users.
  • HSPA rapid receiver for high-speed trains enables operators to deliver better voice quality and faster uploads for passengers commuting (at 250-350 km/h) in and out of megacities and other busy areas.
  • Nokia’s Services for HetNets help solve the complexities of deploying high density networks for operators. Overall costs can be reduced by adding capacity in an intelligent manner, only where and when it is needed. Advanced planning and optimization services ensure that all layers of the network work seamlessly for subscribers.

“Operators are densifying their networks by splitting macro cells or adding more network layers for the vital extra capacity needed especially in metropolitan areas,” said Thorsten Robrecht, vice president, Mobile Broadband portfolio management at Nokia Networks. “As the distance between cells decreases and network layers increase, mobile devices cause greater interference. Liquid Radio realizes the full performance of high density macro networks with increased cell density, less interference and maximum throughput.”

 http://nsn.com/portfolio/products/mobile-broadband/single-ran-advanced/flexi-multiradio-10-base-station

DragonWave's Harmony Enhanced Delivers Long Reach in 6-42 GHz Bands

DragonWave introduced its next generation, Harmony Enhanced, all-outdoor microwave system operating in the 6-42 GHz spectrum bands and capable of increased reach by >30% thanks to high output power.

Harmony Enhanced merges the company's flagship Harmony Radio and Horizon Compact+ into a next-generation, ultra high-capacity microwave system featuring an integrated switch.

The company said its Harmony Enhanced allows operators to cost effectively scale networks with the industry's leading system gain, highest spectral efficiency and increased capacity that is enabled through 112 MHz channel support, 4096QAM capability, Bandwidth Accelerator+ and MIMO. These capabilities allow Harmony Enhanced to deliver > 2 Gbps in a single radio, with scalability via MIMO to 4 Gbps in a single channel. Bandwidth Accelerator+ provides > 2 times throughput improvements with the inclusion of header optimization and the industry's only bulk compression working in tandem. It also features integrated Ethernet switching with WRED queuing, E-LINE and E-LAN support and upgradability to MPLS-TP, enables a true all-outdoor installation without the need for an additional access switch.

"The Harmony Enhanced represents an important consolidation and improvement to the DragonWave product portfolio by providing industry leading scale and reach in the microwave bands" said Greg Friesen, vice president, product management, DragonWave. "By providing a future-proof LTE backhaul solution, Harmony Enhanced will allow operators to meet the requirements for next generation architectures with scalability, integrated Ethernet switching, MPLS-TP upgradability, SynchE and 1588v2, so that their end-users can be assured the utmost in service delivery."

"Building end-to-end mobile broadband solutions requires a flexible backhaul component. With the help of Harmony Enhanced we can provide optimized backhaul with tested interoperability and integration into the network," said Gerhard Staudenherz, head of OEM product business line, Nokia Networks. "Our partnership with DragonWave supports our strategy for mobile broadband and our joint customers benefit from a single, integrated solution."

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com


Telefónica Picks Alcatel-Lucent for 100G Backbone in Spain

Telefónica has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) a 100 Gbps optical network throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain.  The backbone will enable Telefónica to improve the capacity of its regional networks to meet rapidly growing consumer and business demand for high-speed, ultra-broadband Internet connectivity. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said its DWDM solution with integrated OTN switching and aggregation will support increasing traffic created by video and cloud applications.  The network has 8.8 Tbps of capacity and is ready to grow to 24 Tbps. The network will offer auto-restoration features based on a GMPLS control plane in every regional domain to advance reliability and uninterrupted quality of experience for customers.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Nokia Networks and Intel Open Innovation Centre in UK

Nokia Networks and Intel have opened an innovation center in Bath, UK to encourage the development of new mobile broadband applications and services based on Nokia Networks’ Liquid Applications with support from its AppFactory. The solution, is powered by Intel technology-based servers and deployed at base stations, aims to bring intelligent data processing closer to users at the network's edge.

EE is the first operator to begin testing in the new UK innovation center.

“The opening of this innovation center in the UK gives us the chance to continue to introduce world-leading new services on to our LTE network,” said Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN & Programs at EE. “Testing in this state of the art new center offers us an opportunity to fully explore the value which our network can bring to our customers, through innovations such as Liquid Applications, keeping us ahead of the competition and bringing the best minds in innovation to the UK.”

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-and-intel-accelerate-the-development-of-new-applications-and-services

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